If you have been charged with DWI in New York, you may be tempted to plead guilty in order to put the whole process behind you. You may be scared of facing a trial and are willing to face the punishments simply so you don’t have to deal with the uncertainty any longer.
However, being convicted of a DWI is a serious matter. Punishment for DWIs can be substantial, including large fines, jail time, and a loss or suspension of your driver’s license. In addition, there are many other consequences to DWIs that many people don’t consider. A DWI can make it difficult or impossible to get a job in some industries, particularly those that involve driving a company vehicle or that require professional licenses. Also, after a DWI your insurance rates will skyrocket, especially if you have had a DWI in the past.
Before pleading guilty, you should consult an attorney. An attorney can advise you on whether you have any possible defenses to the charges. Some possible defenses that could be raised include improperly administered field sobriety tests, defective chemical tests, a medical condition that affects the breath test, failing to receive a Miranda warning, the rising blood alcohol defense, and more. If the case against you appears solid, an attorney can help you negotiate a plea bargain so that you avoid some harsher penalties.
Facing DWI charges can be scary. However, help is available. If you’re in New York, call the New York DWI Defense Attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 716-542-5444. Our attorneys will help you with your DWI case.